Jamie Redknapp highlights mistake Man United made with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Liverpool FC legend Jamie Redknapp believes Manchester United missed the perfect opportunity to make Ole Gunnar Solskjaer their permanent boss
Jamie Redknapp believes that the Manchester United board could lose their momentum after squandering the perfect chance to confirm Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their permanent manager.
The Red Devils suffered a surprise 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup quarter-final at Molineux on Saturday evening to miss out on the chance to win the competition for the first time since 2015.
Manchester United interim manager Solskjaer has now lost successive games for the first time since his appointment as Jose Mourinho’s replacement back in December.
Arsenal were 2-0 winners against Manchester United in their last Premier League outing to cast doubt on the Old Trafford outfit’s top-four challenge with eight games left to play.
The Red Devils are winless since a 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 earlier this month.
Solskjaer’s side overturned a first leg deficit to set up a Champions League quarter-final meeting with FC Barcelona next month.
Former Liverpool FC midfielder Redknapp felt Solskjaer should have been handed the Manchester United managerial role on a permanent basis after their 3-1 win in Paris.
“Timing is everything in football,” Redknapp wrote in the Daily Mail. “Manchester United had the perfect opportunity to announce Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their permanent manager.
“It was the morning after their sensational victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League when their interim manager’s stock could not have been higher.”
Redknapp added that Solskjaer could see the good will that he has built up eroded if Manchester United exit the Champions League and fail to finish in the top four.
“Solskjaer will feel he has more than proved himself but the longer United wait, the greater the risk that the feelgood factor begins to fade,” Redknapp added.
“His team have suffered two poor defeats by Arsenal and Wolves, with Saturday’s FA Cup exit ending their best chance of winning a trophy. United are still to face Chelsea and Manchester City at home in a tricky run-in and have to go back to Molineux, too.
“Should this dip become a slump, United finish outside the top four and fail to win the Champions League, they will not ride into next season on a wave of positivity. There would surely be question marks over whether Solskjaer could challenge City and Liverpool for the title.”
Manchester United are in fifth place in the Premier League table and two points behind Arsenal.
The Red Devils will return to Premier League action with a home clash against Watford on Saturday 30 March.